SCHEDULE 4 STORAGE REQUIREMENTS

1 Longarm licences for category A and B longarms

(1) The firearm must be stored in a receptacle— (a) which is constructed of hardwood or steel that is not easily penetrable; and (b) which, if it weighs less than 150 kilograms when it is empty, must be fixed to the frame of the floor or the wall of the premises where the firearm is kept in such a manner that it is not easily removable; and (c) which, when any firearm is stored in it, is locked with a lock of sturdy construction.

(2) If more than 15 firearms are stored on the premises where the firearm is stored, the premises must be fitted with an intruder alarm system— (a) the installation, maintenance and operation of which complies with Australian Standard 2201.1:2007 (as amended from time to time); and (b) which, in the event of an intrusion, activates an audible alarm warning device and an external visible alarm warning light.

(3) Any cartridge ammunition for the firearm must be stored in a locked container separate from the receptacle in which the firearm must be stored.

(4) Subject to section 121, a firearm that is possessed, carried or used by a holder of a handgun security guard licence who is employed as a security guard must be stored by the person who employs the holder of the licence as a security guard at Sch. 4 Sch. 4 item 1(2) substituted by No. 50/2007 s. 56(1). Sch. 4 item 1(3) amended by No. 22/1998 s. 43(Sch. item 17(a)). Sch. 4 item 1(4) inserted by No. 50/2007 s. 56(2). Firearms Act 1996 No. 66 of 1996 299 premises belonging to, or occupied by, the employer. 2 Longarm licences for category C or category D longarms and handgun licences for general category handguns (1) The firearm must be stored in a steel safe— (a) which is of a thickness that is not easily penetrable; and (b) which, if it weighs less than 150 kilograms when it is empty, must be bolted to the structure of the premises where the firearm is authorized to be kept; and (c) which, when any firearm is stored in it, is locked. (2) If more than 15 firearms are stored on the premises where the firearm is stored, the premises must be fitted with an intruder alarm system— (a) the installation, maintenance and operation of which complies with Australian Standard 2201.1:2007 (as amended from time to time); and (b) which, in the event of an intrusion, activates an audible alarm warning device and an external visible alarm warning light. (2A) The key to the container in which the firearm is stored must— (a) be carried by the holder of the license; or (b) be kept securely in a separate room from the container— when the container is not being accessed. Sch. 4 item 2 (Heading) inserted by No. 28/2003 s. 75(1). Sch. 4 Sch. 4 item 2(1)(b) amended by No. 22/1998 s. 42(a). Sch. 4 item 2(2) substituted by No. 50/2007 s. 56(1). Sch. 4 item 2(2A) inserted by No. 28/2003 s. 75(2). Firearms Act 1996 No. 66 of 1996 300 (3) Any cartridge ammunition for the firearm must be stored in a locked container separate from the safe in which the firearm must be stored. (4) Subject to section 121, a firearm that is possessed, carried or used by a holder of a handgun security guard license who is employed as a security guard must be stored by the person who employs the holder of the license as a security guard at premises belonging to, or occupied by, the employer. 3 Firearms collectors licenses (1) The firearm must be stored— (a) on premises or a part of premises which is a permanent building with secure locks on all openings; and (b) in a room— (i) the walls of which are solid enough to be a substantial physical barrier to entry; and (ii) any window of which is covered by security bars; and (iii) any door to which is— (A) of a solid material, or is covered by steel sheet or reinforced by firmly fixed steel mesh; and (B) fitted with a lock of the dead latch type or an extra hasp or barrel bolt and padlock which is of such a nature as to reduce the possibility of the door being sprung from the jamb; and Sch. 4 item 2(3) amended by No. 22/1998 s. 43(Sch. item 17(b)). Sch. 4 item 2(4) inserted by No. 50/2007 s. 56(2). Sch. 4 Firearms Act 1996 No. 66 of 1996 301 (C) hinged with concealed hinge pins or with hinge pins which are welded to prevent the pins being removed; and (c) in a container— (i) which is made of steel or any other robust material; and (ii) which must be firmly fixed to the wall or floor of the room; and (iii) the doors of which are attached with concealed or welded hinges; and (iv) which, when any firearm is stored in it, is locked with a lock which is so constructed as to prevent the doors of the container being easily sprung. (2) If— (a) in the case of an antique handgun, more than 15 antique handguns are stored on the premises where the handgun is stored; or (b) in any other case, more than 5 firearms are stored on the premises where the firearm is stored— the premises must be fitted with an intruder alarm system— (c) the installation, maintenance and operation of which complies with Australian Standard 2201.1:2007 (as amended from time to time); and (d) which, in the event of an intrusion, activates an audible alarm warning device and an external visible alarm warning light. Sch. 4 Sch. 4 item 3(2) substituted by Nos 28/2003 s. 75(3), 78/2005 s. 63, amended by No. 50/2007 s. 56(3). Sch. 4 item 3(2)(d) amended by No. 29/2011 s. 3(Sch. 1 item 38.3). Firearms Act 1996 No. 66 of 1996 302 (2A) The key to the container in which the firearm is stored must— (a) be carried by the holder of the license; or (b) be kept securely in a separate room from the container— when the container is not being accessed. (3) The firearm must not be removed from the container except by the holder of the license. (4) Any bolt or firing pin which is required to be stored separately from the firearm it is a part of, must be stored in the same manner as is required for the storage of a firearm under a longarm license for a category A or B longarm. 3A Firearms collectors licences—section 122(1A) The firearm must be stored in a receptacle— (a) which is constructed of hardwood or steel that is not easily penetrable; and (b) which, if it weighs less than 150 kilograms when it is empty, must be fixed to the frame of the floor or the wall of the premises where the firearm is kept in such a manner that it is not easily removable; and (c) which when any firearm is stored in it is locked with a lock of sturdy construction. 4 Firearms heirlooms licences (1) The firearm must be stored in a receptacle— (a) which is constructed of hardwood or steel that is not easily penetrable; and (b) which, if it weighs less than 150 kilograms when it is empty, must be fixed to the frame of the floor or the wall of the premises where the firearm is kept in such a manner that it is not easily removable; and Sch. 4 item 3(2A) inserted by No. 28/2003 s. 75(4). Sch. 4 Sch. 4 item 3A inserted by No. 22/1998 s. 42(b). Sch. 4 item 4 amended by No. 22/1998 s. 42(c)(i). Firearms Act 1996 No. 66 of 1996 303 (c) which, when any firearm is stored in it, is locked with a lock of sturdy construction. (2) Despite paragraph (1) of this item, the firearm may be displayed by being fixed to the wall of a room in a manner that makes it unable to be readily removed. 5 Firearms ammunition collectors licences The ammunition must be stored in a receptacle— (a) which is constructed of hardwood or steel that is not easily penetrable; and (b) which, if it weighs less than 150 kilograms when it is empty, must be fixed to the frame of the floor or the wall of the premises where the ammunition is kept in such a manner that it is not easily removable; and (c) which, when any ammunition is stored in it, is locked with a lock made of sturdy construction. ═══════════════ Sch. 4 item 4(2) inserted by No. 22

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The Short Version

Category A,B,C,D & H

The firearm must be stored in a gun safe that is deemed not easily penetrable. Category A & B firearm safes can be constructed of hardwood or steel but suggest all gun safes be made of steel. Should the safe weigh less than 150kg (when empty) it must be securely fixed to the framework of the premises. It must be fixed securely and must house the firearms with a lock of sturdy construction.

Ammunition storage must be in a separate lockable container/compartment to that of any firearm.

(This particular piece of legislation is the product of a whole bunch of politicians who spent months arguing and most probably worked well into the night to create this document... A massive garbled mess that can be interpreted in any way by that anyone wants!. All the states interpret this differently and all have different rules to enforce it.)

 

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